Here we go.... back into the painting and straight into an elaborate fantasy. During my bit-of-a-break I have been reading up on steampunk ideas and imagery. So this is a cross between Blade Runner and Frankenstein. One of the recurring themes in steampunk is the tinker or artificer who is constantly experimenting with devices, thus the idea of the goggles that infect steampunk fashion. Having just spent the best part of my recent free time drilling holes in doors, goggles have been a central fixture of my personal weaponry. Thus my next painting has to have goggles in it. Yes, I am that simple.
How to turn this into a painting? I have to fix these things: the background and context, what is being built, composition. I decided that the object is to be a human-like robot. Nothing novel there. However, the angle here is that it is a personal toy being built. So a little towards Ex Machina if I'm not careful. The basics is the delight in tinkering. I fancy an artistic android rather than a mess of wires, but let's make sure it is recognisably artificial. The background I thought about for a while, but then threw out because I decided that to go for chiaroscuro to give lots of drama. This means the background is going to be black. I decided to compensate by adding items such as lamps at the sides of the painting to provide some context.
That was in the right direction. I need to do a bit more work, in particular I want it to feel more like a cellar (windows aside) than a church. Overall, I think the idea was the right one as it does not impinge on the main action but gives a broader context. I also fixed the little finger on the right hand.
That was a good evening. I first went back over the background with two things in mind: I wanted to change the lighting across the whole frame to add more depth; and I wanted to simplify the brickwork. Both jobs worked. I also raised the window on the left. I put the windows panes in. The background is now mostly done, but there are a few tweaks yet.
Now that is definitely all I am doing. A bit shadowing to make the hand fit in with the rest of the painting. Taken in isolation, it doesn't seem quite right, in the context of the whole, it what's required. I have also slightly shortened the end of the little finger because of perspective.